The Home Staging Trick that Helped Declutter Our Office

The Home Staging Trick that Helped Declutter Our Office

Taryn Williford
Sep 26, 2011

It pays to have friends in real estate. Besides the obvious benefit of having someone to go to when you need to sell your home, your real estate friends are full of great advice about staging a home to look its best. Here's "The Breadbox Test" and how it helped us get our office organized for good.

No room in the house is so vulnerable to useless clutter as your home office desk. Ours seems to be a magnet for everything from discarded mail to zillions of empty flash drives.

Luckily, a friend in real estate recently let us in on a trick she uses to stage her clients' messy interiors to look their best. It's called "The Breadbox Test." Sticking carefully to The Breadbox Test, she can transform the most cluttered and uninviting room into a space that potential homeowners are dying to call their own.

So how does it work? Basically, you commit yourself to hiding away everything smaller than the proverbial breadbox. Things like pencils and paper clips get tucked into a drawer, while larger items like your drawing tablet, reference books or a potted plant stay seated comfortably in plain sight on your desk top and shelves.

By running everything in your space through The Breadbox Test, you're effectively removing lots of tiny bits of visual clutter. The result is a workspace that looks organized, thoughtfully decorated and inspiring.

Try it! Run The Breadbox Test on your home office tonight, clearing away every thing in sight that's smaller than a breadbox. Do this every night (or maybe once a week for lesser-used workspaces) to maintain an inviting and clean home office for good.

(Images: Flickr Find: Minimalist Mac Desk, White With Pops Of Color in the Home Office)

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